2021 Temperature quilt

I’ve been interested in weather and temperature projects for a while – going back ten years or so when I was more interested in knitting than sewing. I remember some lovely scarves where each row corresponded to the colour of the sky that day.

The idea behind a temperature quilt is that you assign a colour to each temperature band, usually with the high and low temperature for that day recorded. There are many possible designs. Often a shape on a background is used, such as flying geese or an appliqued circle. I particularly love the drunkard’s path versions, where the curves make wonderful shapes. If you’d like to see more, have a look at #temperaturequilt on Instagram for lots and lots of beautiful versions.

I wanted to sew my quilt by hand, and chose the Warmhearted epp quilt pattern. Two jewel pieces make a heart, so the left hand side is my high temperature, and the right hand the low. I have to sew the hearts upside down for every alternate row, so I reverse the high and low – which takes a bit of concentration and some seam ripping!

I’m using the Met Office app for my temperatures. It doesn’t matter what you use as long as you are consistent. The aim is to see the progress from cooler to warmer seasons, so the odd mistake or inaccuracy shouldn’t make any difference to the appearance of the final quilt.

My fabrics are a mixture of Moda Confetti and Ruby Star Speckled. You can see from my pages that it took a couple of gos to be happy with the colours. I realised I’d selected too many blues and greens at the beginning, and my quilt would take ages to get to the warmer colours.

I’m edging the quilt with a border of sand colours, which will run from darker at the top to lighter at the bottom. I’m trying not to buy new fabric so this was decided by what I already had. I’m really pleased with it so far, it looks really pretty and contrasts nicely with the main colours.

These photos are from the middle of March, and I’ll be updating it a couple of times a month on Instagram if you’d like to see how I’m getting on. There is already quite a difference from the beginning of the year, with the greys and darker blues, to now where the brighter blue is merging with green. We did have one chilly night though – see that pale grey in the last row!

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